Of the eight by far the easiest is the running game and the easiest example of this is where both sides start by rolling 65 twice and run both their back checkers out to their mid-points – shown below. After this there will be no further contact between the two armies and the winner will be the side that rolls the highest numbers on the dice - This is a pure race .
We will discuss in subsequent articles the many formulas that are available to help you to evaluate your chances in racing positions and build a winning backgammon strategy.
The vast majority of backgammon games will evolve into one of these eight game types and backgammon variations. Many games progress from one type to another, for example, a back game often evolves into a scramble, or a blitz may evolve into a low anchor or high anchor game.
We will study each game type in some depth in subsequent articles.